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Get outdoors, spend time in nature… but please be responsible

Whinlatter Forest Just five miles outside Keswick, sits England’s only true mountain forest, Whinlatter. It’s known for its breath-taking views, an abundance of wildlife and myriad of adventure activities for all ages.  Forestry England manages the site with people, wildlife and sustainability at its core. It’s a special place where people can escape from the […]

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A Path Less Trodden – Walking in Cumbria

A Path Less Trodden – Walking in Cumbria We normally tend to feature popular Cumbrian walks, but for social distancing measures, we’ve dug around for the hidden jewels where tourists are few and you won’t come across many people.  We kept families in mind and both walks are relatively easy with moderate climbs, the first […]

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A Helping Hand for Our Furry Friends at Oak tree Animals’ Charity

A Helping Hand for Our Furry Friends at Oak tree Animals’ Charity There were many challenges over the last few months for Oak Tree Animals’ Charity who had a vital role supporting the community and caring for animals in desperate need of help. From their Wetheral base, Oak Tree’s Small Animal Team worked hard to […]

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Enter the Cumbria Wildlife Trust Photo Competition

Why not make the most of the weather and take part in our garden wildlife photography competition? Whether your outside space is a window box or a few acres, we’d love to see the wildlife you’re enjoying on your doorstep. We may be in lockdown, but the flowers are in bloom, bees are buzzing, insects […]

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The Lake District Coast – Our Coast

The Lake District Coast – Our Coast When we think of escapes and short breaks we usually only consider a bucket list of exotic destinations further afield. But true escapes can be found closer to home and if you really want to get away from it all, you don’t need to look any further than […]

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Thirlmere – Our Lakes series

Thirlmere – Our Lakes As you drive by Thirlmere you can be forgiven for thinking this peaceful location hasn’t changed much over the centuries. A casual glance suggests that except for a handful of farms, a couple of churches and the road beneath you, the valley once known as Wythburndale, has retained a timeless quality. […]

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#60 The Pogge (Agonus Cataphractus) Wildlife of the Solway

#60 The Pogge (Agonus Cataphractus) Wildlife of the Solway Firth The Pogge or Hooknose is a very distinctive and easy to recognise small fish normally growing up to 10cm long but occasionally reaching 15 cm or more.  Overall colour is grey/brown with dark patches. It is not uncommon and is listed as a species of […]

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#61 The Spiny Starfish (Marthasterias Glacialis) Wildlife of the Solway

#61 The Spiny Starfish (Marthasterias Glacialis) Wildlife of the Solway Firth This is a potentially quite large ( up to 70cm/28in across)  brownish/greenish grey starfish, sometimes with purple tips, that is native to Britain and found on the western coasts of England, Wales and Scotland. You are very unlikely to find one in a rockpool […]

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#62 The European Squid (Loligo Vulgaris) Wildlife of the Solway

#62 The European Squid (Loligo Vulgaris) Wildlife of the Solway Firth Although there are several species of squid found in UK waters, their biology and habits are similar. One species found in The Solway Firth is the European squid which ranges South to North Africa and the Mediterranean, growing up to a size of between […]

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Dens, Daisies & Discoveries takes learning Outside

Dens, Daisies & Discoveries takes learning Outside Primary School Teacher, Josie Carding, has left the classroom, to take learning outdoors. After teaching in an inner city, Carlisle school, Josie has taken the leap to set up her own business ‘Dens, Daisies & Discoveries’, in order to get children more active and reconnected with the natural […]

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